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New for 2019 Cyber Security for Control Systems

Ongoing

Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Part Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Advance your career and develop the skills to protect industrial control systems from cyber-attacks such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications and hospitals. This program will focus on cybersecurity training to protect and defend SCADA and PLC systems that run critical infrastructure in a networked environment.

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Get started as an undeclared student

The courses in the Cyber Security for Control Systems program allow for registration into individual courses as an undeclared student without going through the SAIT application process first.

Bring your own device

The Cyber Security for Control Systems program was developed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to specialize in this exciting field. As the program is being offered via part-time delivery, it is expected that students will provide their own laptop.

Classes will be scheduled into e-learning labs with power outlets or networking labs as required. Wi-fi access is available to connect to the network and internet. Laptop specs should meet the following minimum requirements: i5 or i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB storage. It may be necessary to subscribe to some specialized software for certain courses. 

Learn more about our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until program start date
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2019 
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020 

Program Details

Program description

The Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate program addresses the business risks specific to securing control systems in sectors such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications and hospitals. Many of these systems were previously analog-based, but are currently networked and digital, placing them at higher risk for cyber-attacks.

Concepts covered will be similar to those used to secure information in technology systems, but will focus on the specific constraints of securing control systems in the industrial environment. This program applies to employees of organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS) or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT).

While this program is focused on graduates who can improve cybersecurity risk management in control system environments, it can also be used by graduates in many organizations — regardless of size, the degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication — to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve safety, reliability, security and resilience of these systems.

Your career

Graduates may find employment as a Cyber Security Analyst/ Specialist, ICS Security Analyst/Specialist, Industrial Technologist, ICS Infrastructure Analyst, SCADA Security Technologist or an Industrial Network/Systems/Security Analyst.

Student success

This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy; students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

We find there is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested to the amount of success achieved. Learners with strong time-management and discipline have a greater propensity to succeed.

Remaining focused and diligent with coursework is important for success in completing the program.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree. You have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields. You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by the ways that critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets. You have a strong ethical standard and a curious mind.

Get started as an undeclared student (part-time students only).

The course in the Cyber Security for Control Systems program allows for registration into individual courses as an undeclared student without going through the SAIT application process first. It is important that you read the "Ideal Candidate" statement to be sure that you are a good fit for these courses. You may apply to complete the credential at any time through ApplyAlberta at which time you will have to submit transcripts for entrance into the credential. You must complete all pre-requisite courses, or apply for prior learning assessment if you wish to get credit for a required course based on previous education or experience.

Credentials and accreditations

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement*:

  • Completion of a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in information technology, instrumentation or related technical discipline. 
  • Three to five years of experience in information technology, instrumentation or a related technical discipline would also be accepted with approval from the program Academic Chair. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

* All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree. You have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields.

You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by the ways that critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets. You have a strong ethical standard and a curious mind.

Get started as an undeclared student

The courses in the Cyber Security for Control Systems part-time program allow for registration into individual courses as an undeclared student without going through the SAIT application process first. It is important that you read the ideal candidate statement above to be sure that you are a good fit for these courses. Also, you must submit a resume to ict.info@sait.ca to validate the optional courses you should take as part of the program. 

You may apply to complete the credential at any time through ApplyAlberta at which time you will have to submit transcripts for entrance into the credential. You must complete all pre-requisite courses, or apply for Prior Learning assessment if you wish to get credit for a required course based on previous education or experience.

Courses

Program outline

  • The courses listed are not shown in instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some course may be modified or replaced.
  • To see course availability, schedules and to register, follow the course links below. 

Elective courses (chose one)

Course codeCourse nameCredit
CPSY-401 Operating Systems and Shell Programming 3.0
CPRG-407 Programming Industrial Control Systems 3.0
Total Credits 3.0

Students have to take one or the other of these first two elective courses, considered pre-requisite electives.

Core courses

Course codeCourse nameCredit
ITSC-401 Strategic Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare 1.5
CMPN-403 Networking Protocols and Security 3.0
CMPC-401 Security Standards and Compliance 3.0
CMPC-402 Industrial Control System Security 3.0
CMPC-403 Industrial Control System Security Risk Assessment 3.0
ITSC-402 Vulnerability, Threats and Attacks 3.0
ITSC-403 Defence and Incident Response 3.0
MMGT-400 Business Operations and Change Management for ICS Security 1.5
PROJ-405 ICS Cyber Security Capstone Project 3.0
Total Credits 24.0
Total Program Credits 27.0

Contact Information

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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